Princes Margaret's death leaves a vacancy in, among other places, the Architects' Benevolent Society. One of the princess's last public engagements was to attend the 150th anniversary celebrations of the society in November 2000 at the Banqueting House. Possible candidates would include the Duke of Gloucester (an architect already involved with the ABS) or perhaps Viscount Linley, the furniture designer. For some reason Prince Charles has not been mentioned.
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27 April 2000
Yes, they do exist - Visionary Clients for New Architecture, the title of a book from Prestel (£14.95). It has contributions from Thomas Krens, Gehry's Guggenheim Bilbao patron, and Rolf Fehlbaum, whose Vitra complex in Weil-am-Rhein includes designs by Tadao Ando, Nick Grimshaw and Zaha Hadid. Decide for yourself, though, whether LA developer Frederick Samitaur Smith, commissioner of buildings by Eric Owen Moss, is the client from heaven or hell. 'Fortunately, the day we met Moss was reading Eliot's Four Quartets, he says. 'I told him I wanted to do a building based on Cervantes' Don Quixote and another on Joyce's Ulysses.' The resulting works were, says the modest Smith, 'revolutionary': 'There is a clock on the wall which does not work and represents the timelessness of Don Quixote.'
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15 April 2004
Post-Easter, one's thoughts turn to the architect who might be chosen for this year's Serpentine Gallery. Nothing is yet forthcoming from the gallery, which must count as one of the great patrons of architecture in the UK. Thinking about possibilities, Astragal gets a certain Netherlands feeling, what with Rem Koolhaas getting the Gold, and working so much with Cecil Balmond, who generally engineers the Serpentine design. But maybe it will be one of those groovy young Dutch collectives one hears so much about. There is a suggestion that the timing of the event may move to later in the year; if so, let's hope gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones still holds several of her exemplary summer parties?
30 November 2000
Astragal hears that Independent on Sunday editor Janet StreetPorter has sold (for more than a million quid) her spacious Smithfield pad, designed by friend Piers Gough. She intends to be a patron to the profession again with her next venture; Allies and Morrison could emerge as the chosen ones, designing something in the emerging Borough area. Street-Porter's paper is also on the lookout for new premises. Because of spiralling rents in the Cesar Pelli main tower at Canary Wharf, the IoS is having to seek pastures new, perhaps to less expensive areas within the frighteningly successful Canary Wharf estate.
19 February 1998
With Rowan Moore moving to the London Evening Standard from the Daily Telegraph, displacing Mira Bar-Hillel's often vitriolic coverage of architecture, who will fill the empty chair at Canary Wharf? One front runner must be Giles Worsley, lately of the late Perspectives on Architecture, abandoned by the Prince's Institute amid much bloodletting, and an occasional contributor to The Times. Astragal's ears will be pinned back when the 'final party to celebrate' the magazine takes place next week - not at St James's Palace, where it was launched by its patron, Prince Charles, less than four years ago, but at the Art Workers' Guild (former prop: Roderick Gradidge of That Pony Tail). The Telegraph vacancy comes at a time when national coverage of architecture has never been so sporadic, or at least not since the early 1980s. While Jonathan Glancey keeps his end up on the Grauniad, the Independent has gone the design and lifestyle route with Nonie Niesewand, Colin Amery's coverage in the FT and Marcus Binney's in The Times are occasional, the Observer has given up completely and Hugh Pearman, in the Sunday Times, seems to be fighting for space in the Culture section - mostly given over to television or 'chewing gum for the eyes', as Frank Lloyd Wright put it so eloquently. This only makes the selection of Moore's successor the more crucial.